MBK | Landale Named on Top 20 Wooden List
Jock Landale has been named on the Top 20 Watch List for the prestigious Wooden Award handed to college basketball's most outstanding player.
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Late Season Top 20 on ESPNU, and Saint Mary’s senior center Jock Landale made the honor as he continues to lead No.11/12 Saint Mary’s (23-2, 12-0 WCC) on its current 18-game win streak.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team.
With 16 double-doubles on the season, and averaging 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, Landale leads the West Coast Conference in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage (65.8), offensive rebounds (3.2) and defensive rebounds (7.6). The 6-11 Aussie is also the nation’s leader in total field-goals made (229).
Landale was named WCC Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. His five Player of the Week honors this season are one shy of the record shared by Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison (2005-06) and LMU’s Bo Kimble (1989-90). His seven career POW accolades are tied for third all-time in the conference, a feat last accomplished by Saint Mary’s alum Omar Samhan (2006-10).
At 23-2, No. 11 Saint Mary’s is off to its best program start through 25 games and have achieved their highest AP ranking in school history (11).
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and last year's recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.
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